While many members are avid kayakers and canoeists and get out on local rivers almost daily during periods of good water, the club offers a variety of outings for the slightly less avid but still enthused outdoors person. Outdoors enthusiast or not, we have plenty of get-togethers that include picnics, community
While many members are avid kayakers and canoeists and get out on local rivers almost daily during periods of good water, the club offers a variety of outings for the slightly less avid but still enthused outdoors person. Outdoors enthusiast or not, we have plenty of get-togethers that include picnics, community service opportunities, bonfires, and educational programs. For those who like a little adrenaline in their lives, members often plan weekend paddling, trips to adventure areas throughout the nation.
Outings may occur on short notice, and are often not included in the newsletter. Join the Yahoo email Group to receive email notification of trips or consult the calendar for trips in the making. It is important that you contact the trip leader if you plan to participate in an outing as a leader may not show up if no one has contacted them in advance to confirm attendance. In addition, some trips are contingent upon weather conditions the abilities of those in attendance. If you are ever in doubt of the destination and the skills required to paddle.
BLUE EARTH RIVER
Trips south of the Rapidan Dam vary in length--check the mileage and river depth and plan accordingly. A narrower river than the Minnesota, the Blue Earth meanders past farmland and mud cliffs from the town of Blue Earth to the lake impounded behind the Rapidan Dam. Trips here are quiet, with no rapids and few hazards. This is a good opportunity for exploring the farm and river community. Blue Earth County does own some land along the river which would be suitable for camping. See detailed map.
Trips north of the Rapidan Dam take the canoeist through a gorge with numerous rapids which make this a distinctly different outing from the rest of the river. The gorge of the Blue Earth is one of the scenic wonders of southern Minnesota. It features canyons, waterfalls, great limestone cliffs, and some fun rapids. Cost to access the river at the Rapidan Dam Store is minimal ($S per canoe). Take out on the Jones Ford Bridge on County Road 33, or float down to Sibley Park in Mankato.
A prairie river, the Watonwan flows from Madelia through Garden City and into the Blue Earth River above the Rapidan Dam. Generally a peaceful and scenic float the rapids increase gradually, so that the last section into the Blue Earth has some exciting moments. The Watonwan has large areas of pasture and canoeist can imagine they are visiting the past when buffalo thundered down the slopes and crossed the river. The Watonwan recently received designation as a wild and scenic river.
Another Blue Earth tributary, the LeSueur winds from St. Clair through Hungry Hollow and joins the Blue Earth near the Red Jacket Bridge. The LeSueur can be dangerous due to its narrow width, intermittent rapids, and problems with downed trees. There are many spectacular cliffs and lots of wildlife. The section containing the most rapids is from County 41 to State Hwy. 22.
Flowing north from Good Thunder into the LeSueur River, the Maple offers seperate distinct sections for canoeing. Downed trees, sharp turns, cliffs, and a narrow channel with rapids of varying intensities make this a challenging, potentially dangerous river. Water levels vary widely during the year. The section with the most rapids is from County Road 35 to State Hwy. 66 at the Red Jacket Bridge.
BIG COBB RIVER
The most infamous of the local rivers, the Big Cobb runs through Beauford on its way to a meeting with the LeSueur River near River Heights Several sections are canoeable with adequate water--with the upper sections being runnable with Iower water levels. The last section is favored for its rapids- and scenic highlights that include "the cliffs". This is perhaps that most dangerous local river, due to its narrow channel, location of rapids, tight turns and potential for downed trees exceeding that of the other local rivers. The put in for the last section is at County Road 16 with the take out being on County Road 16 at the LeSueur River public access.
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